I love drinking tea but have long intended to cut down on the amount of black tea I drink and replace it with green tea, which contains extra anti-oxidants and less caffeine so is better for you. I started drinking almost entirely green tea about a week ago and so far its working fine!
I always drink organic tea, the local wholefood shops in Edinburgh stock a nice selection of organic green teas. So that's the connection with Organic Fortnight.
The connection with Zero Waste Week is probably less obvious. I always use loose leaf tea as this cuts down on excess paper use in tea bags. Additionally if I'm drinking green tea I can fill up the tea ball with tea leaves first thing in the morning and keep using the same tea all day without any loss in taste. Doing this with black tea just doesn't work for me, as black tea quickly loses its taste if reused. Once I've used the tea as much I can, I add it to the compost.
As I've mentioned in a previous post, I reuse the foil wrapping from tea packaging to make small envelopes for small greetings cards. The cardboard box I usually put into the packaging recycling though I sometimes use it in craft projects. By reusing my tea as described above then I'll have fewer tea boxes to reuse or recycle. I'll also save money by buying less tea.
Read what other bloggers are saying about Organic Fortnight:
Organikal blogpost on Organic Fortnight
Organikal Organic Challenge
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